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We belong together : a book about adoption and families
2007
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Todd Parr was born on July 9, 1962. In 1995 he moved to San Francisco, California where he pursued a career as an artist. After being rejected by many galleries, he showed his artwork at Wolfgang Puck's restaurant Postrio. This exhibit led to him creating merchandise for Macy's and his own children's clothing line. <p> He is the author and illustrator of over 30 children's books which contain simple messages about acceptance, difference, and empowerment including The Thankful Book. In 2005 the preschool television show he created, ToddWorld, premiered on TLC and Discovery Kids. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)
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Fiction
Juvenile
Topics
Adoption
Families
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  School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Parr's distinctive use of bright primary colors outlined in black to create people and animals holds great appeal to young children. Here he uses simple, short sentences to convey powerful messages about adoption as a positive way to unite parents and children who want, and need, one another. Although this theme is similar to that of The Family Book (Little, Brown, 2003), the author delineates subtle differences, as he writes, "We belong together because-you needed a home and I had one to share. Now we are a family." He also cleverly works in a parallel with pet adoption by illustrating the phrase "you needed a friend and I knew where to find one," with a dog looking forlornly out of the window of an animal shelter, then gleefully playing catch with his new family in the next picture. This book differs from the many other excellent titles that focus on particular situations, usually using specific names, and even countries of origin. Parr's mission is to be as inclusive as possible, and he even recommends that readers change the pronouns to suit their family situations.-Deborah Vose, Highlands Elementary School, Braintree, MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Summary
In a kid-friendly, accessible way, this book explores the ways that people can choose to come together to make a family by showing one perspective on the adoption experience.<br> <br> We Belong Together is about sharing your home and sharing your heart to make a family that belongs together. With an understanding of how personal and unique each adoption is, and that not everyone comes to it in the same way, Todd Parr's colorful art explores the meaning of family.
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